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Vuelta Stage 5: John Degenkolb takes second successive stage

Giant-Shimano sprinter beats's Nacer Bouhanni to the line in Ronda...

Giant-Shimano's John Degenkolb has taken his second successive stage win in the 2014 Vuelta - and the seventh of his career - after beating's Nacer Bouhanni to the line on Ronda this afternoon, with Moreno Hofland of Belkin third. Orica-GreenEdge's Michael Matthews finished 11th and retains the race lead.

Bouhanni remonstrated with Degenkolb as they crossed the line, the German appearing to drift slightly across him as they sprinted for the win, with the rider unable to find a way through on the right.

Earlier on in the 180km stage from Priego de Cordoba, Tinkoff-Saxo managed to split the peloton as the wind caused echelons to form, with riders distanced including Garmin-Sharp's Dan Martin, but the two main groups including all the overall contenders came back together with more than 20km left to ride.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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